New cellphone concept lets you swap out, customize components
With desktop Pcs you could easily swap out the part that was broken, such as the hard drive or the processor. But with smartphones (and tablets too), that really isn't an option.
But a designer from Holland is trying to change that, with this new concept that would have us buying modular Lego-like cellphones.
And the idea is brilliant.
Phonebloks is a concept by a Dutch designer that splits up all the parts of your phone into blocks that can be easily swapped out whenever the need arises.
The idea also means you can pick and choose which blocks are part of your phone.
So, if you like taking great photos, you would buy the best camera module out there, and perhaps buy a less expensive processor. Or, if you like to keep lots of music on your phone, you could buy a big memory module and skimp on the camera.
And all of the different blocks connect together through a central board, held together with only two screws. Sounds super simple.
But one of the main ideas and benefits of the Phonebloks concept is that it should cut down on waste. So rather than throwing out your phone after a drunken night of partying results in a smashed screen, just change the part that needs replacement.
We won't be seeing the do-it-yourself iPhone anytime soon. Major electronics companies need to get on board, agree on a standard, and then build the parts that can all work together.
Most importantly, however, they're going to need people who'll actually want to make and use smartphones built together in blocks.
To build support, creator Dave Hakkens started a campaign on crowdsourcing service Thunderclap – and he seems to be 80 per cent toward his goal of supporters with about a month to go.
Would you get a phone that you can make (or have someone make) with custom components?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets